Education in ergonomics and body usage is valuable not just for those who are recovering from injury or muscle strain/overuse issues, but for all musicians who strive to optimize their musical performance.
For example, something as seemingly basic as a more balanced alignment can have a significant impact on one's playing. Aston-Patterning® can help individuals find an alignment that is based upon a balanced relationship between the bony structures of the body and the muscular system, where the skeleton can relax into its natural dimension and the muscles are freed from unnecessary holding. Accordingly, the rib cage can then expand to its natural depth, optimizing both resonance and the use of lung capacity. The shoulder girdle is then able to naturally rest on top of the rib cage, resulting in a greater range of motion through the shoulder joints, and decreased stress all the way down the arms into the fingers. Finally, the neck and head, balanced on top of the shoulders, can relax, allowing for more rotation through the neck, softening of the TMJ, and increased flexibility in the embouchure.
These are only a few examples of the ripple effects ostensibly small changes can have on your musical performance. With its combination of movement and postural analysis coupled with hands-on bodywork, movement coaching and ergonomic applications, The Aston System for Musicians is uniquely positioned to help address pain and tension patterns while also facilitating a better understanding of the connections between body usage and performance. The Aston System for Musicians can help you play smarter, with less tension, greater enjoyment, and better results.